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from for profits? and with small business saturday coming up, a look at how local businesses in austin, texas, are working together with local growers to get customers to shop small. on every one of our cards there's a date. a reminder... that before this date, we have to exceed expectations. we have to find new ways to help make life easier, more convenient and more rewarding. it's the reason why we don't have costumers. we have members. american express. welcome in. >>> here's someone from cooking.com. whenever someone would turn in their project, she would say, are you sure this is done? if it is, turn it into me. it set a tone. it said to people, i don't accept any slackers here. and also people loved working with her because she set the bar high and helped people reach it. so "it's your business" tip number 69, set expectations high from the start. small business saturday is coming up on november 24th. as many of you know, it's a day dedicated to getting consumers to forego the big box stores and shop small. nowhere is the buy local movement greater than the progressive city of au
for local emergency crews to get to them. so they had to mobilize national guard units to get those people out of their homes. things got so dangerous they had to pull the personnel back. so there were a couple hundred people still in their homes on the bay side of the city. the governor said it's a situation they will have to monitor and first thing in the morning at first light respond to and try to get those people out. not far from here just a couple blocks, one of the city's last resort shelters a guard unit went in there and pulled those people out and took them to atlantic city high school. so the shelters that were kept if place drawing criticism. chris christie's statement was there shouldn't have been shelters open here on the island. the winds are still coming ashore here. and we really won't know what kind of damage has taken place inside the city proper. i'm chris kato reporting for wcau. >> what he was explaining was cutting out of some of the time because we have a live shot in the middle of the storm about the controversy over those shelters. the the contrast is between the
, show leadership and get on the local news without looking craven or opportunistic came with its own share of problems. quote, the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end with an empty truck. so the night before the event campaign aides went to a local walmart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in. with only 6 days until the presidential election what's clear is that every granola and every bear hug counts. >>> ben, your libelus -- >> did you call a digital publication a rag. >> we'll take it. >> talk about this story. there is -- there's some, look, to be honest political optics, stage managing is something everybody does on both sides of the aisle. this was an opportunity for romney to not look opportunistic and they focused heavily on the optics. your assessment of mitt romney's position these days. >> i mean i think his position is impossible. when you're running a political campaign there is nothing you can do that is not going to be inter
and mitt romney will within 251. krystal ball, they take the convention to tampa, the local endorsement endorses obama. that very same newspaper comes out and says president obama should be re-elected. and then gou to utah. you would presume a stronghold area for mitt romney. surely he's going to carry the state. but there, big local paper says no, president obama has earned re-election. what do newspaper endorsements mean in a 121st century campaign? >> it would be easy to dismiss them to say they don't amount a whole lot, there's so much media out there, but i actually think for a lot of undecided voters, who you might call low information voters, their local paper is still a go-to source for what's going on. it's a trusted source, it's reporters they know, it's editors that they know. so it can mean something in a swing state to those voters who are kind of on the fence. i think it can make a dense. >> ari, 18 days to go and the president is beginning to make his closing arguments. let's listen to what he was saying today in virginia, that is something of a summation of his case. >>
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, local, and federal. it's a moment when you move beyond party. they're not republicans and democrats in new jersey, they're just americans in need. and those messages, of course, resonate with americans in general. they also happen to be part of what the president and what governor christie is talking about. you know, this is the kind of politics that independent voters, moderates, the gettable, undecided -- >> that tiny number. >> that's what they want to see. they want to see a system that works. and when you have frankly, someone who is brash and outspoken and conservative, working with a president who's supposed to be polarizing, christie and obama working together with a single focus, i think it actually encourages people about politics, about government, and about these two individuals. because it does take leaders, it does take individuals, full credit to the two men involved. >> indeed. i would say a hearty amen to that. eugene, the president has been pretty evenhanded in the way he's responded to this storm. he tells fema, no bureaucracy, no red tape. he tells the governors
for the public right now is please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. >> that left bill clinton flying solo in florida. >> i was supposed to be the warmup man for president obama today. but that storm on the east coast had other ideas. >> governor romney canceled his schedule tonight but today he was still campaigning out of the storm's path in ohio. >> on the eastern coast of our nation, a lot of people are enduring some very difficult times. and our hearts and our prayers go to them. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. and we are in a special edition today, hurricane sandy growing stronger, reaching what could be historic strength as it heads directly for the northeast. we've got all of our reporters standing by throughout the danger zones with full reports but first, our meteorologist bill karins, live in lower manhattan, bracing for the storm surge tonight. bill, you're down there near battery city and obviously you're looking at tide coming in i guess around 8:30 tonight, is the really first test of just how bad this is going to be? >> yeah. this is
between federal, state, and local? >> it really is. right now as i'm talking to you, all of the local and state officials are here at fema right here in the room. so, no, there's perfect coordination at federal, state, and local level. in fact, if there's any good thing to come out of this -- emergency -- and information is abo absolutely superb. >> well, we caught about 75% of what you just said there. i know getting out by phone is very difficult. i'm going to let you go, congressman, i know you have a lot of work to do. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> we're going to have more, of course, on the recovery efforts from sandy all throughout the hour and after the break. and if it's safe for you to do so, please feel free to share some photos that you've taken of sandy. tweet us using the hash tag msnbc tip, we might use them on air or online. [ man ] ring ring... progresso this reduced sodium soup says it may help lower cholesterol, how does it work? you just have to eat it as part of your heart healthy diet. step 1. eat the soup. all those veggies and beans, that's what may
public to know they can do. first of all, because, you know, our local law enforcement, our first responders are being swamped, to the extent that everybody can be out there looking out for their neighbors, especially older folks, i think that's really important. if you've got a neighbor nearby and not sure how they handle a power outage, flooding, et cetera, go over and visit them, knock on their door. make sure that they're doing okay. that can make a big difference. the public can be the eyes and ears in terms of identifying unmet needs. second thing. the reason we're here is because the red cross knows what it's doing when it comes to emergency response, and so for people all across the country who have not been affected, now is the time to show the kind of generosity that makes america the greatest nation on earth and a good place to express that generosity is by contributing to the red cross. obviously, you can go on their website. the red cross knows what they're doing. they're in close contact with federal, state and local officials. they will make sure that we get the res
's very important for the public to continue to monitor the situation in your local community, listen to your state and local officials, follow instructions. >> the president told officials to do whatever it takes to keep people safe and restore services. >> my instructions to the federal agency has been do not figure out why we can't do something. i want you to figure out how to do something. i want you to cut through red tape. >> nowhere is the power of sandy more apparent than in the coast of new jersey. atlantic city is under water. the boardwalk at seaside heights was obliterated. aerial footage shows miles and miles of destruction with no hope of salvaging lost property. the new jersey coastline has been completely changed. president obama arrives tomorrow. chris christie surveyed the damage from the air and then consoled storm victims on the ground. >> it's a very difficult day. very difficult day. >> the scope of this storm is absolutely stunning. aside from delivering high winds and driving rain, it was also dumping snow on areas of west virginia. the cleanup from sandy has j
of the city. that was a message that was repeatedly stated. there's evidence of that in our local daily newspaper. there's evidence of that with some of the major network affiliates. there's video footage. the message has always been consistent. where the governor is getting his knowledge and his information, only god knows. >> mayor, i appreciate you coming on to discuss this situation. i know that you put the residents first, as is the governor at this time. we'll see what happens after this. >> i hope that journalistic integrity would prevail and someone would challenge the governor to provide the source of the information he got. he's dead wrong, plain and simple. >> thank you for your time. i appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >> the final jobs report is scheduled to be released friday, but will sandy delay that report? we'll have a live update from wall street. the storm forced some early voting sites to close in virginia, west virginia, and north carolina. is it possible election day could be affected by all of this? first, new comments from secretary of state hillary clinton in b
this moderate position when asked by a local iowa reporter if he will pursue any legislation specifically regarding abortion. >> there's no legislation with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> that statement is at odds with romney's entire campaign. his running mate and his party platform. president obama called romney on it during an interview with abc news. >> this is another example of governor romney hiding positions he's been campaigning on for a year and a half. >> does he lie? >> no, i actually think his position on, when it comes to women's rights to control their own health care decisions, you know, what he has been saying is exactly what he believes. he thinks that it is appropriate for politicians to inject themselves into those decisions. i think governor romney has made it very clear that if a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe versus wade, that he will be fully supportive of that. >> romney's own vice presidential candidate has introduced legislation to restrict abortion. reporters asked paul ryan if he's on the same page
. number one, expect a war on planned parenthood, romney in an interview with a local missouri reporter back in march. >> my test is simple. is the program so critical it's worth borrowing money from china to pay for it? on that basis you get rid of obama care. that's the first one. there are others, planned parenthood, we'll get rid of that. >> okay. there he is, romney chose a vp, by the way, paul ryan, who co-sponsored a, quote, personhood bill. with congressman todd akin aboard. that personhood bill basically guarantees if not the criminalization of abortion, something close to it. the republican platform is out of date. it calls for a human life amendment to the constitution to, quote, make clear the 14th amendment's protections apply to unborn children. unborn children at the age of a couple seconds have the right to property. romney has a right to support a supreme court justice, here's what he wants. >> hope to appoint justices to the supreme court that will follow the law and the constitution and it would be my preference that they reverse roe v. wade, therefore they return to
and why it's localized and why it's left to states and 13,000 different voting districts which may have their own ballot design, voting rules and creates a lot of chaos and a lot of latitude for partisan interests to get in there and manipulate in a loosey goosey decentralized i would say chaotic system. >> victoria, it seems to me we should have a singular system that works one way, everybody understands the rules and do it the same way at the same time. i think there are clear reasons why we don't make voting as easy as possible and registration as easy as possible. what are some of the reasons why voting is not easier and registration is not easier? >> well, a lot of states are fond of their voting systems and stretches back to 1787. i don't want to dump on the founding fathers too much but they made compromises drafting the constitution. >> terrible parents. >> in therapy for 200 years in consequence. they made a bunch of necessary compromises to get the constitution passed and one of the biggest ones is laws regarding elections are administered by the state. we have gotten pretty c
the federal teams, state an local teams that are in place. i'm confident that we're ready, but i think the public needs to prepare for the fact that this is going to take a long time for us to clean up. the good news is we will clean up and we will get through this. all right. >> what impact on the election? >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact on families and worried about the impact on our first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our economy and on transportation. you know, the election will take care of itself next week. right now our number one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives that are search and rescue teams will be in place, that people are going to get the food, the water, the shelter they need in case of emergency, and that we respond as quickly as possible to get the economy back on track. >> and, of course, the election now, it is tuesday, the election is now one week away. the president has cleared his campaign schedule for tomorrow to deal with the after-effects of sandy. we had originally
have pre-positioned assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. we're making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available for those communities that are going to be hardest hit. transportation is going to be tied up for a long time and probably the most significant impact for a lot of people in addition to flooding is going to be getting power back on. the fact is a lot of these emergency crews will not be able to get into position to start restoring power until some of these winds have died down. >> one of the events that the president skipped was this ohio rally with bill clinton where vice president joe biden stood in for him. >> folks, i know you're expecting the real president, the present president, reverend, i just want you to know, he asked me to express his regrets for not being able to be here but, you know, he's doing the job a president should be doing. [ cheers and applause ] and first and foremost on behalf of the president, i want to thank all the first responders throughout this country. you know, there are folks
16 people have died. more than 7 million people have been plunged into the dark and local officials have been stunned by the damage and devastation. good tuesday morning. i'm chris jansing reporting live from new york and parts of new york city are underwater this morning. the images from lower manhattan shows cars half submerged. tunnels, subways and the financial district flooded. all of lower manhattan is in the dark. some of those outages caused by a con ed substation that exploded overnight. more than 1.5 million have lost power across new york city, long island and westchester. now we also want to show you these pictures from breezy point, queens, at least 50 homes have been destroyed by fire. further east at least seven homes on fire island have fallen into the ocean. atlantic city, new jersey, took the full force of sandy when it came ashore around 8:00 last night. people that defied an evacuation order are trapped there now. roads are impassable. serious damage is being reported in several beach communities from point pleasant to seaside heights. rescues are under way in be
're going to get rit of charitable deductions, won't get rid of homeowner, state and local. that's where all the money is. it's not little do dads here. joan, you take this one. he won't tell us. same question comes up wednesday night, can romney dodge ball it? can he say i'm not telling you how i'm going to do the major thing i promised to do, get the economy going through a tax cut but i'm not going to tell you how i'm going to do it. can he get away with it with even the mid-12348. >> i hope not. i think this is a moment for jim lehrerer to be very tough, respectful tough, and for president obama to come back at him and to say, look, i'm happy to see -- your running mate said he didn't have enough time on sunday. that's too bad. that's terrible, in fact. i'm willing to cede, governor romney -- >> could jim lehrer get away with simply saying i have a little liberty here, a little leeway, i will give you all the time it takes. tell us now what tax breaks you're going to get rid of. >> tell us what tax breaks you're going goat rid of and also please, governor romney, you were very upset abou
and local governments. we're making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available. i'm confident that we're ready, but i think the public needs to prepare for the fact that this is going to take a long time for us to clean up. >> and with that lengthy cleanup in mind, the president was asked about the potential impact on the quickly approaching election. >> the election will take care of itself next week. right now our number one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives, that our search and rescue teams are going to be in place, that people are going to get the food, the water, the shelter they need in case of emergency and that we respond as quickly as possible to get the economy back on track. >> as for mitt romney, he and paul ryan have canceled events tonight and tomorrow, but earlier in ohio governor romney did extend his concern and sympathy. >> on the eastern coast of our nation a lot of people are enduring some very difficult times, and our hearts and our prayers go to them. >> indeed. prayers are always important, but even more so if romney were to b
got a read out from the white house that the president was on the phone with local officials and state officials. he has a job to do at this time. mitt romney is for better or worse in the awkward position of having to kind of campaign but not really campaign at the same time. in the "boston globe" there is i think a realist editorial that says the kumbaya stage, apparently what we're in right now, won't last wrong. politics is an undeniable aspect of any catastrophe. >> i mean look if you're a key executive of the state in the hurricane path you were graded on one thing in the next week and that is the response to the hurricane. everything else out the window because if you mess it up, everything is out the window. let's recall that president obama is fairly popular in jersey and chris christie is not. and he needs a lot of help from the federal government. he needs fema help, red cross help and trailers and everything so for a state executive at a bipartisan time, the president, he has an advantage, he can conduct diplomacy so to speak on like two treks. he can have the full machiner
said, the long branch city hall, the local officials, i don't know where they're working out of. >> they're working out of the middle school. they're working out at the middle school because they can't use the city hall and i think in highland working out of the fire department. many of the fire departments and, you know, municipal structures have been severely damaged. this is -- this is pretty serious. i've never seen anything like it. certainly it -- irene was nothing like this and even the '92 nor'easter was not anything like this. in my lifetime i've never seen anything like it. >> congressman, is it -- is there any way to assess so far how fema has done, how the federal government has done in response, or are you just beginning to figure out what is needed? >> well, look, i think that the emergency response in general has been great. i mean when i look at the -- i just left the emt headquarters in haslet, and in terms of the evacuating people, getting people to leave their homes, they did a great job all over from what i can see. of course, some people were reluctant to le
state and local officials. >> he deserves great credit. >> this storm is not yet over. >> the october surprise is here. >>> we begin tonight with the devastation from the massive storm called sandy. the death toll continues to rise. within the hour, it has gone from 43 deaths to 50. as a result of the storm. at least 23 of those deaths are in new york state. 18 here in new york city, alone. president obama has declared disasters in 11 states as well as washington, d.c. since sunday, the worst of the damage is in new jersey and new york. the president is scheduled to survey the damage in new jersey tomorrow with republican governor chris christie. more than 6 million homes and businesses are still without power. half of those in new york and new jersey. some subway tunnels in new york are flooded. the city's subway system could be out for at least four days. commuter train tunnels connecting new jersey to manhattan are also flooded. that service will likely be out for at least a week. jfk and laguardia airports are closed but newark airport has partially re-opened according to governor
. not just on the federal level but the local and state level as well. >> state senator nina turner. i just want to pass on. i just happened to have been in north carolina and i had a small business own eric african-american in his 40s say you're going to have state senator turn owner, you tell her all of us here at north carolina think that she ought to run for not the state senate but the senate in ohio. so i don't know what a north carolina voter is going to do for you by i'm passing that on from chico williams that he's proud of what you're doing in ohio. >> thank you, professor and johnny williams. >> he took those beautiful pictures of those ohio billboards. >>> up next, what you need to know to cast your vote. ♪ [ dog barking ] ♪ [ female announcer ] life is full of little tests, but your basic paper towel can handle them. especially if that towel is bounty basic. the towel that's durable and scrubbable. in this lab demo, bounty basic is stronger than the leading bargain brand. everyday life. bring it with bounty basic. affordably priced. tested by everyday life. and try bounty n
't ideological at all. sometimes the group that benefits a local library is a 501(c)(3). it's charitable organization. a c-4 can spend in elections. because there are so many wealthy donors and corporations on the right, this election cycle to defeat president obama, they are pouring money into these groups that don't have disclose -- >> that $74 million spent in opposition to the president with only $5.1 million spent in opposition to governor romney, it isn't because of a law issue, it's because of an actual resource. >> we saw the same disparate in 2004 when president bush and there was a very strong opposition to president bush. >> we say if you want to know, follow the money. you a strategy for following the money. >> we brought all the money. >> i'm looking at the table now which looks like apparently we're going to go down to florida to a strip club afterward. that's not what's going on here. explain what's going on with this money on the table. >> you know, corporations and the wealthiest .01% of the country are making their money talk by giving gobs of its to politicians expecti
's working for the local county clerk and that she can only sign up republicans. she does not appear to be working for the clerk. she does appear to sign up just republicans. in nevada the firm is accused of tearing up the form of someone who wanted to register as a democrat. >> in a statement given to the secretary of state's office, the witness demanded to fill out another form and when she marked democrat he told her to rip it up and fill out another form and leave party affiliation blank. we got this picture. >> one employee of this firm in florida says that he was told to ask people who they supported. if the answer was mitt romney, he was supposed to sign them up. if not, well, then not. in virginia after the republican firm campusers were fishing for voters, one official felt compelled to remind them that you can't throw out forms because you do not like the party registration of the voter. the reason it's illegal in lots of states to pay canvassers per registration is it creates an incentive to make up fake people that register to vote so they can get paid for those registrat
into home interest mortgage deductions, unless you get rid of state and local taxes. that will hit the middle class hard. you have to be honest about this. the debate hurt obama and helped romney, and romney's gotten a bump in the polls, although it seems to be flattening out. you look at the new poll in ohio, the president is at 51%, romney is at 47%. i think the president, the fundamental structure of the race hasn't been changed, but if he doesn't go on the attack, if biden doesn't do a good job against ryan, and if the president doesn't show up and isn't strong in the second debate, then you're going to have a tossup race. >> well, i would disagree with your approach, first of all. i don't approach it that way. that's going back and relegating all the old arguments. in spirit what i would do, unlike shrumy, i would take the big issue that is separating the candidates, don't get into the little trench warfare about what's your tax plan and where were you on medicare two weeks ago. i would say where did you stand on saving the american auto industry? you had one position, i had a
thing back to what you say the national versus the local, i believe at the beginning of the convention was that the local conditions on the ground didn't really matter. it was the national economy. it was the national messaging, and that everything would sort of stwing in the same direction at the same time. this campaign has sort of pushed that logic aside. we see states like ohio where the president is hanging strong, and orr ones like wisconsin where he gained 15 points on him. >> i remember the reaction of democrats and republicans in 2000. the thing that jumped out at me. week brs the 2000 election, the assumption was that al gore had the electoral college advantage. bus would win the popularity joke. the republicans began to make noise, and it involved potentially trying to flip over gore electors and stay the will of the people needs to be up respected ear. that changed that philosophy when the results came in. i wonder what your reaction would be and what you think the reaction of the conservatives in general would be if this time around romney wins the popular vote and barack
for giving for philanthropic organizations? like churches that are in many cases for local government are best partners at fighting poverty, that kind of stuff. >> governor walker, for you as well, the defining issue that determines the outcome in your state? >> well it's certainly about jobs. in our case it's elections are fundamentally about the future and not about the past. so i think people on the few weeks back on that night in denver and john's state outside of his hometown there when voters got to see that mitt romney had a plan and the president didn't. and now in the last few days, he's trying to gloss that over with a 20-page glossy document. he doesn't have a plan, mitt romney does. in fact just yesterday as i was traveling the state, there were literally farmers out in fields that had almost like a burma shave commercial. they had one sign after another after another that listed out the five points of his plan. people want to know how they're going to get working in janesville or green bay or wausau or milwaukee or superior. they want to know how we're going to get workin
and local governments. there's been close coordination between state, federal and local governme governments. >> if you want to know how close the coordination has been, listen to new jersey governor chris christie. >> i've been in touch with president obama this afternoon. the president called me at about 2:15 this afternoon. it was just the two of us on the phone. we had a good conversation. the president wanted to know if we had everything that we needed to be able to respond to the storm. i told him we did. we wanted to check on the level of cooperation with fema, i said it was excellent. he said if at any point over the next 48 hours, i was not getting from the federal government i should call him directly at the white house and had he was going to be there. and that i should just not worry about dealing with anybody else. just call him. >> president obama was quick to point out the response is part of the normal government operations. it's not a reflection of the current election climate. >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact o
-affected areas. new jersey, new york in particular have been pounded by this storm. this is mostly a local responsibility and the private utilities are going to have to lean forward, but we are doing everything we can to provide them additional resources so that we can expedite getting power up and running in many of these communities. there are places like newark, new jersey, where you have 80% of the people without power. we can't have a situation where that lasts for days on end. and so my instructions to the federal agency has been do not figure out why we can't do something. i want you to figure out how we do something. >> the president referencing 80-90% of people without power. saying we can't have a situation where that lasts for days on end. that was the president this afternoon. new reports within the past hour that some of the president's wish there may have come true. the mayor of newark, new jersey, will be join iing us later this hour on that subject. places like newark, new jersey, and jersey city and places entering into uncharted territory, not just flooding, but widesprea
in answers criticized fema and said it should be a state and local responsibility. >> right. i think he gets also the issue we haven't had enough of frankly on the campaign trail, what's happening in our climate, what's happening in our weather patterns becoming so severe and are we as a country in terms of our physical needs being met in response to these weather patterns and what role do federal and state and local governments play in trying to fortify their defenses against storms like this. that becomes an issue. but the pure blocking and tackling between now and election day, is still about when they can get back on the campaign trail, the money is flowing into the states in terms of the ads but the question is, what are their models showing them in terms of early voting, in terms of projected turnout. in terms of this prospect of does romney win the popular vote because the president underperformance in some of his stronger states while the president could still win the electoral college. there's lots of scenarios here but in essence the race has been frozen and here we go, it's going
think you're right that people want to hear specifics. although, states and government -- local officials warning it takes some time. it's very, very complicated. nobody really -- the forkers warned of this but i don't think people thought it would be this bad, as bad as it is that you would have power out in 60% of a state. >> absolutely. to this point, it is not as if people are blaming fema or blaming administrators. they want some answers which is a natural reaction, especially when you're going through what so many are in this region. thank you very much, ron. i appreciate you sticking around. >>> with six days to election day, governor romney resumed a full campaign schedule today. he's in florida right now. about to kick off the second event of the day in south florida. congressman paul ryan is in wisconsin. vice president joe biden attending rallies in florida and bill clinton is in iowa for the obama campaign, of course. let's bring in the political panel. david goodfriend and rachel smelkin. thank you both for your time. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i want to get to
on bringing new york back. i think you're going to see a great local/state/federal effort to rebuild what's been shattered. it's what americans do best, when we put partisanship aside. >> and there's also a difference among the states, david. you know, the civil war sort of united the country as a country. but all the time, people say, oh, i just care about utah, i just care about virginia or something. i don't think people still think like that. there's tremendous national interest in new york, what happened on 9/11, and in this case. >> the governor just said, cuts against the core philosophy of the tea party and the far right republican party. >> so the war is -- you're not in the trenches? >> no, no, i think as we look ahead, you have to be realistic here. and while you and i and the governor believe in these communal values that unite us and that will guide us -- >> federal values. >> he was talking about the federal/state partnership, there are some, and i think paul ryan's in this camp, i'm not sure mitt romney is. >> romney said we ought to defund fema, period. >> privatize this,
said, which is letting the states and localities lead because they know what's best when it comes to their state. and you're seeing that right now, whether it's governor bob mcdonnell in virginia, governor christie or maybe bloomberg in new york who are saying, hey, we know exactly what we need in our state or in the case of new york city, we know what needs to get done, how to do it best. we know where everything is -- >> but isn't that essentially the way fema works? >> hold on, chris. what the governor said and what is -- his point is, is that the federal government should let states lead where they know best, in localities where they know best. getting the federal government in the middle of a disaster situation where immediate response is crucial, helping those in need and having firsthand local knowledge about where things are, where assets are prestationed and how to do it most effectively without the red tape and bureaucracy of the government is probably the most effective way to help people in need. >> well, but that's the way it works now because in consultation with the
to an even greater place. let's get started at capella.edu. >>> we told you at the top of the show that local officials are telling nbc news three american troops are among the 14 people killed this morning in a suicide bombing in afghanistan. this follows a weekend that saw the 2,000th member of the united states military die in that 11-year war. the sad milestone reminds us of the continuing costs of the war in afghanistan. the average age of a u.s. service member killed there, 26 years old. 9 out of 10 of those killed were enlisted service members. to date the war in afghanistan has cost more than $570 billion, almost a billion dollars a week when you average it out over the long scope of this war. >>> enough of the real news, let's huddle up around the water cool to watch a daredevil skateboarder get an up-close look at the local wildlife during a race in colorado. this race was posted on youtube. the longborder speeding down the mountain until -- oh. one racer kind of gets a ride for a few seconds on the back of a deer before losing it. he goes down, the deer goes down, too. skateboarder
candidate received the endorsement of a local legend, hall of fame quarterback john elway. he introduced romney to a crowd of 5,000 supporters. >> i get the opportunity to introduce to you the next president of the united states, governor mitt romney! >> last night romney who spent long hours preparing for tomorrow's debate said the stakes are greater than simply crowning a winner of the debate. >> people want to know who's going to win? who's going to score the punches and who's going to make the biggest difference and the arguments they make, and there's going to be all the scoring of winning and losing. you know, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. >> the president meanwhile spent most of the day yesterday preparing for the debate. at his nevada campaign headquarters. taking a break to deliver pizza to one of the local campaign offices. he then started working the ph
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